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‘You’re dead — watch your back’: AZ paper says threats prove Clinton endorsement was the right call

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On Sunday, the head of an Arizona newspaper that endorsed Hillary Clinton revealed some of the threats that she and her staff have received from angry Trump supporters and resolved to stand firm.

Republic Media president Mi-Ai Parrish spoke to CNN Money’s Jill Disis about the backlash the Arizona Republic newspaper has weathered since it endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over Republican nominee Donald Trump.

“We’re being targeted … it’s not the America I know. It’s not the democracy I love,” she said.

“As someone who has spent a career in the business of words, it’s unusual to find myself speechless,” Parrish wrote in an op-ed published this weekend. “What is the correct response, really, to this?”

She then published some of the hateful phrases that have been directed at her and the Republic staff since the traditionally conservative newspaper declined to endorse Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump:

YOU’RE DEAD. WATCH YOUR BACK.

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WE WILL BURN YOU DOWN.

YOU SHOULD BE PUT IN FRONT OF A FIRING SQUAD AS A TRAITOR.

The newspaper, said CNN, has been deluged with threatening calls. Some callers referenced the murder of Republic reporter Dan Bolles, who was killed with a car bomb in 1976. The killing was never solved, but Bolles’ last word was “mafia.” He had reported on organized crime in the past.

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The caller, wrote Parrish, spoke to a Republic staffer named Kimberly and told her that more reporters will be “blown up” because the newspaper endorsed a Democrat.

“She sat in my office and calmly told three Phoenix police detectives what you had said,” Parrish told the anonymous caller. “She told them that later, she walked to church and prayed for you. Prayed for patience, for forgiveness. Kimberly knows free speech requires compassion.”

“I absolutely welcome debate and free expression, and I will protect and uphold the right of people to say ugly things to me. That’s part of how this works,” Parrish said, but the “horrifying” call went beyond the pale and sets a precedent that she finds “incredibly dangerous.”

She explained that young people selling Republic subscriptions door-to-door have been spit on and yelled at.

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She went on to invoke her own family history.

“To those of you who have said Jesus will judge me, that you hope I burn in hell, that non-Christians should be kept out of our country, I give you my pastor grandfather,” she said.
“Much as my grandfather taught, I also know there are a lot of things worth standing up for.”

Her grandfather, she said, was imprisoned and tortured for his Christian faith. Her mother grew up under a dictatorship. The violent threats, heated rhetoric and vicious name-calling, she said, has only made her more confident in the Republic’s decision not to endorse Trump, who the editors called “no qualified” and “not conservative.”

She commended her staff’s talent and courage and said, “I’m just honored to stand by their side.”

The Republic is Arizona’s largest newspaper and has never previously endorsed a Democrat for president. The editorial board joined other conservative newspapers that ultimately declined to fall in behind the Republican Party’s nominee.

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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